National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
MRC 601/Room 1100
Washington, DC 20013-7012
5 cu. ft.: 15 boxes.
Borasky was born in Philadelphia, Pa.; educated at Temple University (AB, 1932; AM, 1936; Ph.D., 1950). Teaching assistant, Temple, 1932-1934; teacher in Philadelphia secondary schools, 1934-1939. Later he worked as a biologist and chemist in U. S. Department of Agriculture, as senior scientist (electron microscopy) for the General Electric Company and as electron micographer at the University of Illinois. Member of the Electron Microscopy Society of America and other professional societies in the field of electron microscopy. Includes documentation of early events in the development and use of the electron microscope; numerous reprints of articles, some by pioneers in the field, supplemented by photomicrographs of various materials; Borasky's correspondence with many of the major figures in the field. Much of this correspondence was initiated by Borasky to document the history of electron microscopy that he attempted to write over many years. The question of priority of invention and the many steps in development of these instruments are prominent elements of the correspondence. More than 70 audio tapes were made by Borasky, recording interviews and lectures relating to microscopy and other matters, but their quality is generally not satisfactory. Includes interviews with Asa Arthur Schaeffer.